12 latest healthcare industry lawsuits, settlements

From a Missouri hospital and clinic agreeing to pay $34 million to settle false claims allegations to a physician winning a retaliation lawsuit against his former employer, here are the latest healthcare industry lawsuits and settlements making headlines.

1. Lawsuit: Nurse raped while held hostage at Illinois hospital
Two nurses who were held hostage earlier this month at Geneva, Ill.-based Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital by a Kane County Jail inmate filed a lawsuit against the county, a corrections deputy and the security firm used by the hospital.

2. 5 charged with insider trading involving confidential CMS information
Five people were been charged for their alleged roles in a scheme that involved using confidential CMS information to engage in insider trading.

3. Lawsuit claims Minn. hospital failed to protect teen patient from sexual assault
University of Minnesota Medical Center-Fairview in Minneapolis is facing a lawsuit after a developmentally disabled teen was allegedly sexually assaulted twice while in the hospital's emergency department.

4. Physician who raised concerns about concurrent surgeries at NY hospital wins retaliation lawsuit
A New York Supreme Court judge ruled that a neurosurgeon was retaliated against by his former employer for objecting to a policy that allowed another surgeon to oversee two spine surgeries at the same time.

5. Feds investigate UHS psychiatric hospitals' billing practices
An investigation into whether King of Prussia, Pa.-based Universal Health Services' psychiatric hospitals hold patients longer than necessary to maximize reimbursement from insurers broadened to include the FBI and Department of Defense.

6. Trump administration requests another delay in ACA subsidy lawsuit
President Donald Trump's administration and the House of Representatives asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to further delay a lawsuit over ACA insurance cost-sharing subsidies.

7. Democratic attorneys general take legal action to defend ACA cost-sharing subsidies
Sixteen Democratic attorneys general filed a motion to intervene in a lawsuit pending in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in an attempt to preserve insurance subsidy payments under the ACA.

8. Missouri hospital and clinic to pay $34M to settle false billing allegations
Mercy Hospital Springfield (Mo.) and Mercy Clinic Springfield (Mo.) Communities agreed to pay the federal government $34 million to resolve allegations they violated the False Claims Act.

9. J&J to pay $33M in 43-state settlement over distribution of contaminated drugs
Johnson & Johnson subsidiary McNeil-PPC reached a $33 million settlement with 43 states to resolve allegations the company sold contaminated drugs and used inappropriate marketing practices.

10. Omnicare to pay $8M to settle false claims allegations in 28 states
Omnicare, a pharmacy services provider owned by Woonsocket, R.I.-based CVS Health, agreed to pay 28 states a combined $8 million to resolve allegations it violated the False Claims Act.

11. 20-year-old repeat physician imposter sentenced to 10 years in prison over forgery charges: 7 things to know
A Virginia judge sentenced Malachi Love-Robinson — who was accused more than once of practicing medicine without a license as a teenager — to 10 years in prison.

12. Ex-Heritage Pharma execs settle national price fixing lawsuit: 4 things to know
Two former executives of Eatontown, N.J.-based Heritage Pharmaceuticals reached a settlement with 41 states after pleading guilty to fixing drug prices.

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